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Coventry Safe Space opens its doors once again

Published Friday, 23 November 2018

Coventry Safe Space will be returning to the City Centre once again to help keep people safe during the festive period.

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Coventry Public Health, Licensing, Coventry Police, Arley Medical Services, St John The Baptist Church, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) and the Street Pastors have teamed up to bring the Coventry Safe Space campaign to the city this Christmas.

Coventry Safe Space is about partners providing a safe space during Friday and Saturday evenings in the heart of the city at one of the busiest times of the year. They will be working together to reach out to people who may need a bit of safety and medical support or first aid during a night out in the lead up to Christmas.

The service will be available at St John the Baptist Church, at the bottom of Spon Street and launches on 30 November this year.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: “Community safety around the Christmas period is very important. We need to make sure we take care of ourselves and lookout for others around us who may be vulnerable.

“I am extremely proud that, once again, we are delivering the Coventry Safe Space service with all of our partners. It’s a great opportunity for us to work together to provide much needed support during a very busy time of the year when everyone needs to stay safe when out in the city.”

The safe space will operate from 10pm until 3am for most nights at the church and will provide a range of support services. This will include a first aid service provided by Arley Medical Services, water bottles, flip flops, blankets, and support from Street Pastors.

The service will run on the following days at the following hours:

  • Friday 30 November 2018 (from 10pm- 3am)
  • Saturday 1 December 2018 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Friday 7 December 2018 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Saturday 8 December 2018 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Friday 14 December (from 10pm- 3am)
  • Saturday 15 December (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Friday 21 December (from 9pm– 3am)
  • Saturday 22 December (from 10pm – 3am)

Trish Willetts, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) Director said: “It is important that everyone feels safe and secure in Coventry city centre.

“This is a wonderful project that sees many fantastic organisations working together for the better of Coventry city centre and its people. We want to make sure that the holidays are a time of celebration and have peace of mind that if people need help and support, it is there.”

David Johns, Operations Director of Arley Medical Services, added: “Once again, we are really looking forward to working with our partners in Coventry over the Christmas period to provide greater support, in addition to our Coventry Alcohol Response Ambulance (CARA) service.

“The Safe Space will ensure that visitors and party-goers can have an enjoyable, safe night out in the city by providing assistance if required, therefore reducing the pressures on the NHS at what will be a very busy time of year”.

With lots of events taking place in Coventry city centre over the Christmas period, Coventry Safe Space is a very beneficial initiative, which should be utilised if needed. 

Coventry City Council will be posting more about the service on their Twitter and Facebook page, in the weeks running up to the festive period, using the hashtag #CovSafe.

To show support on social media you can do so by following and posting with #CovSafe.

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